"It was a big inspiration that someone believed in me when I was having a hard time believing in myself."

- Eve Reeves
Recipient of the Virginia Wrage Memorial Fund

Virginia Wrage Awardees 2018

Virginia Wrage Memorial Fund Winners 2018

In 2018, we were able to interview and give scholarships to six women.  All were aged 40 or older and had some major life change. Their stories were varied; divorce, death of a spouse, an abusive spouse, a fire that destroyed a family home, the illness and death of a child that inspired one mother to become a nurse.  One woman had become pregnant while in high school and never finished.  After raising several children, her husband passed away leaving her without a high school diploma. It was her goal to complete high school. Another woman was hoping to become a writer or a teacher.  Randy Wrage, Virginia's son was there to help us preset the awards.
Our scholarship recipients were: Frances, Luz, Asha, Nairy, Melanie and Mbuyi and we wish them all the best in their new careers!

The Virginia Wrage Memorial Fund provides scholarships to deserving women in the Santa Clarita Valley community

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Virginia Wrage was a dedicated and loved Zontian, mother, and grandmother who, at the age of 50, faced a family crisis that resulted in a major career change for her. Virginia applied for, and after a rigorous nine-month course, fulfilled a childhood dream of becoming a flight attendant for American Airlines.

Two years later, Virginia was diagnosed with cancer. Before her death, she helped plan a fund that would assist other mature women through challenges such as those she faced.

Since its inception in 1995, the Virginia Wrage Memorial Fund has aided more than 35 women with scholarships ranging from $500 to $2000.

Many recipients are returning to school at mid-life to be able to support themselves and their children. Some are victims of domestic abuse. Some are single mothers. Some are struggling to complete G.E.D.s or college degrees. Some are on the verge of becoming homeless. All are facing a difficult life challenge.

Each year, the Virginia Wrage Memorial Fund provides scholarships to deserving women in the Santa Clarita Valley community. The members of Zonta Club of Santa Clarita Valley are honored to be able to assist these women in the name of Virginia Wrage.